Boobyball Winnipeg: Big Top Booby

As we walked out of the alleyway on a chilly night in downtown Winnipeg, we couldn’t help but feel glamorous. The men in suspenders and fedoras, the women in sequined dresses adorned with ruffles, jewelry and furs. If only the trolley still ran through our downtown streets, the scene would have been complete. As we stepped through the door, we were greeted through a ticket booth and handed a glass of champagne. Upon entering the recently revamped Metropolitan Theatre we were immediately brought back to another era. We had arrived at The Big Top Boobyball, the first installment of The Boobyball here in Winnipeg. Booby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeThe night was big top circus themed and the organizers spared no expense when decorating the already beautiful and ornate Metropolitan Theatre. The lights, the unicyclists, the stiltwalkers , the dancers, the carnival games, the bearded ladies, the strong men; it was all intoxicating and truly an amazing sight to see. To top it all off, each and every guest enthusiastically dressed for the occasion and between the top hats, waistcoats, crinolines, masks and sequins, it was difficult to remember just which decade you actually were in. For those of you who do not know about The Boobyball, it was created in 2002 by a group of devoted young women who wanted to support their friend Sarah O’Regan, who at 23 years old was diagnosed with aggressive, advanced breast cancer. It has now become one of the most prominent fundraising events in Toronto as well as Calgary, and now Winnipeg. To illustrate what a massive success this event has become, Boobyball has raised over 3 million dollars for Rethink Breast Cancer over the past 12 years, and plans to raise over $375,000 this year alone. Events like this are spectacular in that they bring our city together for such a worthy cause.Booby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal Collaborativeblogextrac-14Booby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeBooby Ball Winnipeg 2014 © Charcoal CollaborativeThe night was beyond elegant and so beautiful, but between the glitz and glamour you were reminded of what it takes to make a difference in the lives of others. To us the word is dedication, and without the dedication of such spirited young women like Jordan Meagher, the chair of this years event, and the entire committee responsible for making all of this happen, we will never make the changes in the world that we want to see. So a heartfelt and sincere congratulations to Jordan and her entire team, you created something meaningful and have left us feeling gratitude for all of the hard-working individuals making a difference in the lives of others. Much Love from The Charcoal Collaborative and remember that cancer affects us all so donate today.

Photographs: Brett Howe

Layout: Sarah Gurevich

Words: Daniel Gurevich

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